The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 17



Clark Art Institute: Drop-in series of relaxed figure drawing sessions inspired by the works on view in "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado," all skill levels, lightly guided instruction, live models, all materials provided, free, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Museum Pavilion, 225 South St., Williamstown.

L'Atelier Berkshires Gallery: The Art Salon, talks by acclaimed furniture designers Nicholas Mongiardo and Taj Mongiardo, and painter Kiki Dufault, followed by Q&A and reception, 7 to 9 p.m., 597 Main St., Great Barrington. RSVP to

Norman Rockwell Museum: Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience, explore the galleries together during this interactive art experience for children ages 4 and older and their parents/caregivers, $7, $5 for museum members per class, or included with museum admission, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Yoga with Kathi Hatch, appropriate for all skill levels, free, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

The Dirty Brush Painting Parties: Acrylic painting class on 12 x 12 canvas, all ages welcome, all supplies and instruction included, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield. To reserve a canvas, 413-442-9300.


20th Annual Downtown Celebration: Food, shopping, entertainment and conversation. More than 100 participants, including local merchants, vendors, restaurants and organizations are expected. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., Downtown North Adams.

350MA Berkshire Node: Potluck refreshments at 5:30 p.m., monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield,

Friends of Adams Free Library: Annual book sale, freshly baked items and raffle tickets for gift baskets, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Adams Free Library, Lower Miller Annex, 92 Park St., Route 8, Adams, 413-743-8345.

Bridge Club: Friendly Bridge, $1.25 donation, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox, 413-637-7265.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m.; Mah Jongg Night, 5 to 8 p.m. Drop-in, beginners welcome, 48 South Main St., Sheffield.

Community Lunch: All welcome, at noon, Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-1955.

Contract Bridge: For all levels, from 1 to 4 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 21 Crossway St., Lee, 413-347-1469.

Free Legal Clinic: Attorney Eve Schatz will answer legal questions and conduct intakes for the Berkshire Center for Justice Inc., offered by Free Legal Clinic of Berkshire County Inc. from noon to 1 p.m. during the free lunch program at The Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, 413-854-1955.

Hinsdale Knit & Crochet Group: Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Old Town Hall, Hinsdale.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Temple Anshe Amunim: Men's Club. Noon. Speaker: Rebah Elleithy, a Muslim man who worships at the Pittsfield mosque. All interested men and women invited to attend. Bring a lunch, coffee and tea provided. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield, 413-443-1349 or


Line Dance Lessons: Absolute beginners, 9 to 9:30 a.m.; beginners' lessons, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Information: 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Scottish Dancers: 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Information: Jean, 518-672-4243, or Ted, 413-698-2944. Berkshire Pulse, 410 Park St., 3rd floor, Housatonic.


Berkshire Family YMCA — N. Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Classic. 6 to 7 p.m. Exercises to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Must be at least 60 years old. Visit the Y at to receive two free passes to SilverSneakers classes. Information: 413-499-7650 x111. 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Berkshire Family YMCA Northern Berkshire Branch: Wellness Wednesday, an introduction to Berkshire Partnership for Health, Community Health Workers and partnership organizations, pre-diabetes screening and education, "A Matter of Balance: managing concerns about falls in older adults," pre-hypertension education, tobacco cessation and education programs, blood pressure/Get Cuffed Program, 3 to 6 p.m. 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, 413-663-6529 or

Blood Pressure Clinics: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Guido's Fresh Marketplace, 9 to 10 a.m., at Guido's, 1020 South St., Pittsfield,

Fit To Go!: Functional Fitness class for all levels of ability, 9 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, 413-464-0064.

Yoga: Gentle yoga for cancer survivors to help improve strength and sleep. Registration encouraged, but walk-ins welcome, noon to 1:15 p.m., Community Education conference room, first floor of the BMC Cancer and Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.


Great Barrington Historical Society: Farmstead Picnic, bring your own food, drink, folding chairs or blanket, and dessert for pot-luck dessert table. Contractor Scott Morrison will give an update on the Dutch Wagon House Reconstruction Project, 5:30 p.m., Wheeler Farmstead Headquarters, South Main Street, Great Barrington.

Naumkeag: Outside In: "The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens." 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," 2:30 p.m. Understand Naumkeag within a historical context, 20 Prospect Hill Road, West Stockbridge, 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or


Berkshire Sings!: For ages 13+ under the guidance of musician and teacher Robert Kelly. No auditions. Open to new and seasoned singers alike. Free. 6:45-8:15 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

Chess Club: Beginners welcome, 3:10 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, 413-229-7004.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Play N Learn," ages 3-5 years, sign-up required at 413-644-0104, 9 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; Playgroup, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox; Storytime, 10 to 11:30 a.m., New Marlborough Library, 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road, New Marlborough.

Family Center Playgroups: Toddler Playgroup, 10 to 11 a.m., for 1 to 2.5 years old, Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams. Lanesborough Town Hall, 10 to 11 a.m., for walking to 5 years old, free, Community Room, 83 N. Main St., Lanesborough.

Lego Club: Theme, "Emergency." Children of all ages are welcome, ages under 10 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age, no registration required, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Mason Library: End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party, register so we have enough ice cream, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

New Lebanon Library: Small Wonders Lapsit Storytime, includes age appropriate stories, songs, and movement activities, 10 a.m.; Preschool Story Hour, includes crafts, songs, and movement activities, 11 a.m.; Two By Two Zoo, meet a wild world of animals, ice cream social and balloon animal art by our favorite clown, 1:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8844.

North Adams Library: Preschool story time for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Youth Services Department, second floor, 74 Church St., North Adams, 413-662-3133.

Robbins-Zust Marionettes: "Carnival of the Animals," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $5. Saint Paul's Church, 29 Main St., Stockbridge.


Herman Melville's Arrowhead: Author Michael Shelden will talk about his new book, "Melville in Love," which discloses the secret affair the author had with his neighbor, Sarah Morewood, 6 p.m., The Red Barn, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, 413-442-1793.

Mount Greylock State Reservation: "Greylock in Time and Space." Jude Scull, DCR interpretive ranger at Mount Greylock State Reservation, presents an exploration of the mountain's history and nature, connecting the dots between man's desire to shape the mountain and at the same time protect its wildness, 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.(one seating only), Bascom Lodge, 3 Summit Road, Adams. Dinner reservations required: 413-743-1591 or

William Cullen Bryant Homestead: "A Fiery and Still Voice: William Cullen Bryant at Home," $15, $9 Trustees members, 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, 413-532-1651 ext. 3110,

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: "Fashion and Etiquette Aboard the Titanic" with historians Denise Vanaria and Taylor Andrews, 3 p.m., 140 Melbourne Place Road, Pittsfield. Space is limited; RSVP to 413-499-1992


Berkshire Highlanders: Band rehearsals, bagpipes and drums, from 7 to 9 p.m.; for more information, visit

Berkshire Sings: Opportunities to sing as a soloist, duo or small ensemble will be offered. Everyone is welcome, no prior musical training is necessary. 6:45-8:15 p.m., free. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

Concerts at Windsor Lake: Long Journey. 6:30 p.m. Windsor Lake, intersection of Kemp and Bradley streets, North Adams, 413-664-6180 or

Lilac Park Concerts: John Davidson, TV and Broadway star, 6:30 p.m., off Main Street, Lenox. Rain location: Town Hall auditorium.

Live on the Lake: Community concert series, Rev Tor Band, 6 to 8 p.m., Burbank Park, Onota Lake, Pittsfield.


The Capitol Steps: Political satire, "What to Expect When You're Electing," 8 p.m., Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, 55 Lee Road, Lenox. To reserve tickets and an optional dinner: 413-881-1636 or

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.


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